New Music Society to present fall concerts

Staff report


The New Music Society will present its annual fall concert twice this week: at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Bliss Recital Hall and at 11 a.m. Friday at the Dana School of Music Convocation at Youngstown State University.

Both events are free to the public. Parking is available for a nominal fee in the Wick Avenue parking deck. For information, call 330-941-3636.

The concerts will feature the Dana Composers Ensemble, directed by Professor Robert Rollin.

Yanda Zhu, a Chinese graduate student at Dana, will be the focus of the concerts. Several of his chamber works will be performed.

Zhu, who hails from Guang Zhou, China, has attended Dana since fall 2012, and is planning to finish his music composition and theory master’s degree in December.

He has composed a series of pieces derived from animal depictions, and two will be performed at the concerts: “The Cats,” performed by Abigail McLaughlin, Natalie Sahyoun and Alison Morris; and “The Playful Dolphin,” performed by Chris Nutter and Jerry Rezanka.

Two of his other descriptive works will also be played: “Sunset Valley,” performed by Amanda Lawrence; and “The Dance of Spring,” performed by Amanda Lawrence, Kristen Richter, Samantha Hogan and Colton Randall.

Zhu’s “Christmas Impressions for Two Pianos” will be presented by Alison Morris and Clay Colley.

The fall concerts will also present two world premieres by local composer Richard Zacharias, a community member of the New Music Guild.

First will be “It’s My Turn to Have an Evening Off,” a violin duet written for and played by Karen Considine, a Dana graduate student in musicology, and her husband, Brendan Considine, a Dana masters alumnus now employed by the Rich Center for Autism. Both husband and wife are professional musicians active in the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Warren Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony and the Dana New Music Festival Chamber Orchestra.

The other Zacharias composition will be “Pardon My Long Slide,” written for the Dana student trombone quartet of Mariah Bailey, Samantha Hogan, Andrew Stamp and Robert Violette.

Undergraduate Spencer Reed will perform Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Piano Sonata No. 2, “The Fire Sermon.” The work, written in 1970, is in three movements and is experimental in character.

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